How many artists can say that they’ve reached the zenith of success in a multitude of genres? Jazz! Funk! R&B! Soul! Drum&Bass! Fusion! Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Bassist and all around entertainer MICHAEL HENDERSON has and does!!!
Though we are very excited to announce that his latest “BASS” work on the “Miles From India” disc has received a Grammy Nomination, and congratulations are definitely in order, for this consummate artist, this is not the first Grammy Nomination, but his FOURTH!.. Read more
An entire generation has discovered the Funk & Soul of MICHAEL HENDERSON! His music/songs have been re-recorded by artists such as; L L Cool J, TAMIA, RICK JAMES, NAS, SNOOP DOGGY DOG, JAY-Z, THE DRAMATICS, DANNY BOY, DR. JOHN, WAYMON TISDALE, JAGGED EDGE, TUPAC SHAKIR, KENNY LATTIMORE, MAYSA LEAK, NOEL GOURDIN, CONYA DOSS, GEORGE BOHANON, THE SAX PACK, STEVE ‘O, MOBB DEEP, THE DAZZ BAND, SKIP MARTIN, SUGAR RAY, MC8, DJ QUICK, THE MOTOWN FUNK BROS., ADINA HOWARD, CARL THOMAS, GARY BARTZ, CHUCKI BOOKER, GURU, JEAN CARN, JERMAINE DUPRI, NORMAN CONNORS, PEABO BRYSON, TERRI ELLIS (EN-VOGUE) … Heavily influenced are groups and individuals such as; LIVING COLOUR, PEARL JAM, RADIO-HEAD, SONIC YOUTH, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, DAVID BYRNE, DJ SPOOKIE, JAMIE MORRISON, PAUL MILLER, Bassist JAH WOBBLE, CHUCK “D”, MODESKI, MARTIN & WOOD and GREG TATE writer of The VILLAGE VOICE, to name a few!!!.
Having written, sang, and played bass on Phyllis Hymans’ FIRST top ten hit, “We Both Need Each Other”, Michael Henderson went on to use the same chemistry in recording another disc with Ms. Hyman the classic, “Can’t We Fall In Love Again”, considered today to be one of the top ten duets of all time! His taste for singing duets only heightened with the sultry vocals of Roberta Flack on the also, Henderson penned hit, “At the Concert”, additional chart-toppers would include the Michael Henderson penned, “Valentine Love” a classic lovers’ anthem featuring the sassy, jazzy vocals of Jean Carne. Let us not forget, the soulful single, “Take Me, I’m Yours” featuring the steaming highs of Ms. Rena Scott!
Michael Henderson first gained world wide recognition as an acclaimed young bass player at age 13, with groups such as “The Detroit Emeralds”, “The Fantastic Four”, “The Funk Brothers” and was the FUNK anchor for Stevie Wonder, at the tender age of 15! Musicians marveled at his prowess and knowledge of his instrument. Audiences included the likes of Mick Jagger, Dr. John, Diana Ross, Betty Davis, Miles Davis and more! After one such extraordinary, truly inspiring Stevie Wonder concert, the Legendary Trumpeter Miles Davis made his way backstage only to inform Stevie, “I’m Takin’ Yo F@&(*(%@ Bass Player!” With Miles, a new style of playing was developed “FUSION”…Bass players the world over wanted to know who this person was that helped alter the way music is played and listened to!!! All the way from BEBOP to ELECTRIC era MILES DAVIS! It was during this time, Michael Henderson’s career segued from Funk, to Jazz, to Fusion and onto solo artist multiple successes in the R&B genre! The rest is history!
Michael Henderson performed on more than 50 Miles Davis Albums, and simultaneously while recording with Miles, Henderson played bass on the following chart-toppers; “You’re The Man,” with another Legend (and friend), singer Marvin Gaye, the album/single “Whatcha See is Whatcha Get!” and “In The Rain” both by Super-Group, “The Dramatics”. Michael traveled the world incessantly with Miles, until he (Michael Henderson) decided to write, sing and record his first hit, “Valentine Love” on the Norman Connors album, “Saturday Night Special”, featuring the smooth vocals of Michael Henderson and Jean Carne!
Following this hit release was the super-phenomenal, and often recorded, “You Are My Starship” from the Norman Connors Album of the same name, “You Are My Starship”. Though it is often times thought that Norman Connors is the vocalist, it is actually the vocal styling s, of Michael Henderson himself, also Bassist, Composer, Arranger and Producer of this classic! He then went on to record several albums which garnered many top ten hits!! Those albums are, “In The Night-Time”, “Wide Receiver”, “Solid”, “Goin’ Places”, “Do It All”, Sling Shot”, “Bed Time Stories”, and “Fickle”.
Michael Henderson is currently placing the finishing touches on his highly anticipated new album, scheduled for release before the end of 2011!
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01 – Michael Henderson – Wide Receiver (Wide Receiver, 1980)
02 – Phyllis Hyman – Can We Fall In Love Again (Can We Fall In Love Again, 1981)
03 – Michael Henderson – You Haven”t Made It To The Top (Solid, 1976)
Background music during the interview:
Grandmaster Flash – The Message, Michael Henderson – Bedtime Stories, The Dramatics – Watcha See Is Watcha Get, John Serrie – Gentle The Night, Marvin Gaye – You”re The Man (Parts 1 & 2)